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Diversity alert

One interest prompting my return to blogging is some writing I’ve been doing about “inclusiveness.” I’ve written various pieces on the topic, and I touched on the issue in my recent book. Now I’m trying to put my thoughts together in what may turn into a series of articles or book.


A new leaf

I’ve decided to return to blogging, and I’ve marked the event with a new slogan and a few other minor changes.

The new slogan reflects the basic weblog situation—one man commenting on whatever comes to mind. I wanted a change, and “tradition and Catholicism” seemed a bit like “truth and logic” as a slogan when I wasn’t talking about those things in particular. Not everything can bear that weight.


Back among the living

I’ve sent my revised manuscript off to my editor, so I should be be posting again. I’m told that publication will be in 10-12 months, just in time for Christmas next year. So if you can get through this season, all your gift problems will be solved!


New appearance

I’ve been having trouble with the “theme”—the part of my blogging software that extracts the content from the database and lays it out on the screen. The latest problem, which doesn’t seem easy to solve, is the disappearance of posters’ names from comments. So I’ve replaced the theme I was using with another one. No solution is perfect, and a problem with the new theme is that with some versions of Internet Explorer at some resolutions it turns 3 columns into 2.


Scribble, scribble

I haven’t been posting much lately because I’ve been busy with some projects, a couple of review-essays (one of them is on Paul Gottfried’s last three books, the other on another book about liberalism) and a book of my own, also (alas) about liberalism but at least including some ideas what to do about it. I’m done with the reviews and have a draft of the book I’m trying to beat into shape. I’ll add the reviews to my site once they’re published and in the meantime will be posting snippets from the draft book for comment.


Christmas break

For a variety of reasons I will not be posting much if at all until the new year. So Merry Christmas to all, and I’ll be back in January!


Slow posting

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting much recently. I’ve been busy editing things I’ve already posted and organizing them into online “books” in hopes of making them more useful. I hope to return to posting shortly.


Out for a day

The Turnabout database got corrupted, so I had to restore it from a backup. Everything should be there except whatever was added between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. Wednsday New York time (I think one comment was lost). If you notice any oddities, do let me know.


Away for a few days

I don’t expect to have reliable web access for the next few days (probably until Tuesday) and so may not post at all. Remember, though, that any registered user can start a new forum topic!


New poll!

Do vote, and remember that old polls are still available (see site links above).



James Kalb is a lawyer and writer who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


Dartmouth College—B.A. (summa cum laude) in mathematics, 1969.

University of Wisconsin (Madison)—Graduate study in philosophy, no degree, 1974-75. University Fellow.

Yale Law School—J.D., 1978.


1969-1971: United States Peace Corps, Afghanistan, secondary school mathematics teacher.

1972-1974: Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Boston, methods analyst.

1978—1993: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York City, associate attorney, senior attorney and associate counsel.

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